ACABA Swarm Information

Swarming is a natural process by which bees grow their hives. As a hive gets too crowded, the queen bee will leave the hive with approximately 40% of her staff, leaving the remaining bees behind to raise a new queen and continue on. Swarming in the Athens area typically occurs in May and June, though swarms can also be seen later into the summer.

Are swarms dangerous? No! Before leaving the hive, the bees gorge on honey to sustain themsevles while scout bees look for a new home. Because they're so full of honey, they're very docile and often rest on a limb in a teardrop.

If you see a swarm, please don't spray them with pesticide! You can contact ACABA member, Don Mohler at 740-992-3770 for assistance. If Don is not available, you can contact ACABA Secretary Mike McAvoy at 740-541-3584, or just enjoy watching the bees until they fly away to their new home.